A Washington-based utilities project using lithium-ion batteries has been unveiled in North America by Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD).
It is the first battery storage system built using the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) – a non-proprietary set of specifications and standards developed by a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers.
Developer and manufacturer of lithium-iron phosphate battery technology K2 Energy has secured an $81.4m order for an intermediate battery storage system for an US Navy rail gun project.
The lithium-iron phosphate battery is aimed to power the large modular capacitor bank of the electromagnetic rail gun.
Power firm Oncor Electric Delivery’s (Oncor) sister companies Luminant and TXU Energy have voiced disapproval of a proposed battery storage project across Texas, US.
Earlier this month, Oncor made a proposal to install 5GW of battery capacity across Texas at a cost of $5.2 billion. The Dallas-based company aims to improve its network of power lines with the project to manage supply and demand more efficiently.
The industry event International Battery Seminar & Exhibit is to give a "Battery Innovator Award” for the first time at its next event in March 2015.
The organisers have now opened submissions for applied battery technology at chemistry or product level. The prize of $2,500 will be presented at the 32nd International Battery Seminar & Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale US, taking place from March 9 to 12 2015.
New York fuel cell developer WATT Fuel Cell (WATT) is to move its manufacturing operations to Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, US.
The maker of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components acquired 39,000 sq. ft. space in April when it bought solid oxide fuel cell developer Pittsburgh Electric Engines. According to WATT, implementing the company’s manufacturing techniques with the Pittsburgh Electric Engines' technology could reduce manufacturing costs by as much as 75%.
The $2.3 million project is expected to add 33 jobs over the next three years.
WATT’s fuel cells operate on natural gas, diesel, propane and renewable fuels. They are designed to provide portable power and can be used as emergency backup power for municipalities, battery charging for recreational vehicles and offshore marine power, and remote sensor power.
WATT recently received a 20-month, $2.1m contract from the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center to design and build a commercial-grade additive manufacturing line, an increase the production capacity for tubular cell components for SOFC systems.
“This U.S. Department of Defense program is a significant milestone for WATT and we are excited to see the last four years of advances in our technology come together in a system for the military market. We will be delivering a complete and operable alpha system,” said Paul DeWald, vice president of engineering at WATT.
Battery watering supplier Flow-Rite Controls is to add an engineering centre to its facility in Byron Center, Michigan, US.
The 7,500 sq. ft. facility will house a research laboratory with high-speed assembly equipment and new injection molds. According to Flow-Rite Controls, the expansion will create 64 jobs over the next three years.
Energy storage company Beacon Power has estimated that it will build 40MW of energy storage systems by the end of 2015.
Beacon Power CEO Barry Britt said in a Bloomberg interview that the demand for flywheel storage will double over the next years due to the increase of renewable power plants that raise the need for grid stabilising.